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Boley faces abuse allegations

Giants LB’s son is alleged victim

COLT McCOY Browns QB remains sidelined COLT McCOY Browns QB remains sidelined
Associated Press / December 21, 2011
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Authorities are investigating a report that Giants linebacker Michael Boley physically abused his 5-year-old son in Gadsden, Ala., his hometown.

Etowah County District Attorney Jimmie Harp said yesterday an investigation into the allegations made by the child’s mother has just begun and evidence will be presented to a grand jury if it’s determined there’s probable cause.

“We’ve just been presented with some allegations that there was some child abuse inflicted on one of his kids here in Gadsden,’’ Harp said.

Harp said he has not yet interviewed Boley. The New York Times initially reported the accusations.

Boley’s attorney, Randall Kessler of Atlanta, said the child’s mother didn’t raise the allegations during a Sept. 27 child support hearing.

“During our entire trial on her request for child support, the only thing the mother asked the court to do was to increase the child support to five times what it currently is since Mr. Boley is a highly paid NFL player,’’ Kessler said. “There was no evidence presented of any increased needs of the child. It was a simply a case of ‘he makes a lot of money, so he should pay a lot of money.’ ’’

Boley is in the third year of a five-year contract with the Giants worth about $25 million.

Giants spokesman Pat Hanlon said the team is aware of the allegations, but had no further comment.

Kessler said abuse was alleged to have happened between May 30 and June 5.

He said a Georgia woman recently asked for Boley’s contact with their child to be supervised, but didn’t an file emergency request. He said no hearing has been scheduled.

Boley was also arrested in May 2008 on battery charges after his wife, Chantelle, told police he “became physical’’ with her during an argument. He was suspended for one game by the NFL for violation of the league’s personal conduct policy, but the case didn’t go to court.

New concussion policy

The NFL will require teams to place certified athletic trainers in the press box to help monitor head injuries, a change prompted by the Browns’ failure to test quarterback Colt McCoy for a concussion.

League spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed that memos are being sent to all 32 clubs no later than today to explain the new protocol, which is expected to begin with this week’s games. Aiello said the trainer will be able to monitor the entire game without distraction and inform medical personnel on the sideline of any potential head injuries.

McCoy remains sidelined with the concussion sustained Dec. 8 when he was laid out on an illegal helmet-to-face mask hit by Steelers linebacker James Harrison. Although he was flattened by Harrison’s hit, the QB was not tested for a concussion and the Browns sent him back in the game after two plays.

No practice for Peyton

Peyton Manning will not participate in Colts practices the rest of the season. Two days after the four-time league MVP was ruled out of the Colts’ final two games, coach Jim Caldwell said Manning won’t practice with the team before the season-finale Jan. 1, either. The reason is simple: Indianapolis doesn’t want to take away practice snaps from Dan Orlovsky or Curtis Painter with the Colts (1-13) hosting AFC South champion Houston (10-4) in their home finale tomorrow night. Team vice chairman Bill Polian acknowledged Manning will fail his postseason physical, a move that will actually give the Colts more time to monitor Manning’s progression. Colts officials say it is not a setback, and, in fact, Polian said Manning threw with decent velocity from 20 to 25 yards last week . . . Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez was a full participant in practice, as expected, while running back Joe McKnight sat out with a separated shoulder. Sanchez, who injured his neck in the Jets’ 45-19 loss at Philadelphia Sunday, took all but a couple of snaps as the team prepares for its showdown with the Giants. He said the injury is similar to the one that landed him on the injury report a few weeks ago. Coach Rex Ryan said it might have been a stinger or a burner, but Sanchez said he’s not sure. McKnight, the NFL’s top kick returner, separated his right shoulder against the Eagles, and his status for Saturday is uncertain . . . Texans star receiver Andre Johnson will sit out tomorrow night’s game against the Colts because of a strained left hamstring . . . Cowboys running back Felix Jones missed practice because of hamstring tightness but coach Jason Garrett said he’s hopeful Jones will be ready for Saturday’s game against the Eagles . . . Bills tight end Lee Smith was placed on injured reserve after the undrafted rookie free agent hurt his left ankle last weekend. Tight end Kevin Brock was promoted from the practice squad to replace Smith . . . Bengals rookie receiver A.J. Green said he felt noticeable improvement in his sprained right shoulder, an indication he’ll be ready for Saturday’s game against the Cardinals. Cincinnati is tied for the final wild-card spot in the AFC . . . Raiders running back Darren McFadden did some light jogging but it remains uncertain whether he’ll play again this season after an ankle injury suffered in mid-October . . . The Packers placed tackle Derek Sherrod (broken right leg) on injured reserve and signed tackle Herb Taylor.

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